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What is Integrative Medicine and Functional medicine?

Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine
December 4, 2023
Reshma Patel PA-C

Integrative medicine and Functional Medicine

Integrative medicine combines Western medicine (pharmaceuticals) and natural medicine modalities to heal the patient. It aims to uncover the root cause of the disease process instead of just treating symptoms (SICK Care) with medication, i.e. traditional medicine. The focus is on promoting wellness by incorporating:

  • lifestyle modifications
  • dietary changes
  • exercise
  • stress modulation
  • other therapies that have been proven to be safe and effective

The Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine

  • Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process
  • All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body
  • Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response
  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible
  • Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
  • Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms
  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount
  • Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development

Functional Medicine

As a catalyst in the transformation of healthcare, functional medicine takes a comprehensive approach to:

  • prevention
  • health, and well-being
  • treats root causes of disease
  • restores healthy function through a personalized patient experience
  • all while being a vital partner to conventional medicine

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Reshma Patel PA-C,

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